I cannot hide my excitement as I wait, as patiently as possible, for SwiftKey to send me the link to try the next generation of their popular aftermarket keyboard - SwiftKey Flow. From what I have seen so far, SwiftKey Flow will bring everything I love in a keyboard together – predictive typing and finger swipe typing action. A new video of SwiftKey Flow in action has recently shown up on both SwiftKey’s website and YouTube.
Before you comment that the current Android AOSP keyboard already does both, I personally prefer the look and feel of SwiftKey over the current (or any variation) of the Android keyboard.
If you are not familiar with SwiftKey, they have been the leading developer in predictive typing keyboards for Android smartphones. Predictive typing allows the SwiftKey keyboard to predict a users next word or words based upon already typed letters and an analysis of past typing. The company’s latest released version, SwiftKey 3, improved their predictive typing feature to the point where a user can type multiple words without hitting the spacebar. This is huge time saver for folks who are constantly on the go.
SwiftKey recently announced that they would be adding a Swype like feature to their next generation keyboard SwiftKey Flow. Flow will allow users to swipe their finger across the screen, similar to Swype, but with the added convenience of SwiftKey’s predictive typing engine. This will give users the best of both worlds, typing without removing your finger from the screen and the option to complete sentences using predictive typing.
SwiftKey is not a company that rests on its laurels and the staff is always looking for ways to make a great app even better. This is one of the reason I am a fan of SwiftKey – the staff does not know the meaning of the word complacency.
Check out the video and let us know your thoughts in the comment section. If you haven’t signed up for SwiftKey’s Flow beta testing yet, go to their website and sign up.